Temple Sinai (Houston)

Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish synagogue located 13875 Brimhurst Drive, in Houston, Texas, in the United States. Jewish residents on the west side of Houston and its western suburbs, including Katy, Cinco Ranch and Sugar Land worship at the synagogue.

Temple Sinai
AffiliationReform Judaism
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusSynagogue
LeadershipRabbi David Lipper
Location13875 Brimhurst Drive, Houston, Texas 77077
CountryUnited States
Temple Sinai (Houston) is located in Texas
Temple Sinai (Houston)
Location in Texas
Geographic coordinates29°45′41″N 95°37′52″W / 29.7615°N 95.6310°W / 29.7615; -95.6310
Date established1979 (as a congregation)

The congregation is composed of more than 200 families and is led by Rabbi David Lipper since 2022. The synagogue is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism and its youth group is associated with the North American Federation of Temple Youth.



The congregation was founded in 1979 by nine families seeking to establish a Reform Jewish presence in western Harris County. Its first Rabbi, Abraham Shaw served in a part-time capacity until 1984, when he was succeeded by Rabbi Howard Rabinowitz. The congregation experienced significant growth in the 1990s, resulting in the hiring of its first full-time rabbi, Todd Thalblum, in 1999. Land was purchased in 2000, and the construction of a new building began in 2002 and completed in July 2003.[1][2][self-published source?]

Rabbi Thalblum served until 2008 and was succeeded by Rabbi Barry Diamond on an interim basis until a new rabbi was selected. In 2009, Temple Sinai hired Rabbi Annie Belford who was one of the first women to serve as a solo rabbi for a Houston congregation.[3][self-published source?]


  1. ^ "Temple Sinai celebrates 40 years as West Houston's center for Reform Judaism". Jewish Herald-Voice. Houston. April 18, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  2. ^ "History". Temple Sinai. Retrieved June 14, 2019.[self-published source?]
  3. ^ "Rabbi Annie Belford". Temple Sinai. Retrieved September 22, 2013.[self-published source?]